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The baseball world woke up on Tuesday morning and learned Adrian Beltre announced his retirement from MLB after 21 seasons in the majors.

The 39-year-old, who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers, released a statement officially announcing he is stepping away from the game he has loved and played his whole life.

Beltre finished his career with a .286/.339/.480 slash line with 477 home runs, 3,166 hits and 1,707 RBIs. He was a four-time All-Star third baseman, a four-time Silver Slugger award winner and a five-time Gold Glove recipient at third base.

His career came to a close with the Rangers, the team he spent the final eight seasons of his career with. Considered by many to be one of the best defenders at his position in MLB history with some of the best numbers at the plate among his peers, Beltre is potentially a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Following the announcement, current and former players weighed in on Twitter with their own tributes and appreciations for Beltre’s career.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection